Thinking about a stairlift? Here’s what you should know

At Shire Mobility, we want to help our customers become informed, so that they can make the right choice about which products are right for them. One product that we get frequent questions about are stairlifts – unlike walking sticks, wheelchairs and mobility scooters, most people don’t have any contact with them until they need one. The FAQ’s on our stairlift page deal with the most common questions we get asked. But since a lot of people have other questions, we picked another five of the best to share.

Why do stairlifts vary in price? How much should I spend?
Generally, new straight stairlifts start at around £1,495 and reconditioned stairlifts are available from about £995. Beyond these entry prices, costs vary depending on whether the stairlift is being installed on a straight or curved staircase, and taking into account the length and angles required. But do remember: the most expensive stairlift isn’t necessarily the best one – the best stairlift is the one that’s right for your home and needs.

How long does a stairlift last?
Stairlifts are not disposable items, and they’re not updated with newer better models every year, like iPhones. So, providing you look after it, you should get many years of use out of your stairlift. The key to ensuring it works well over the years is to make sure you keep up with annual servicing – that will keep it in A1 condition for as long as possible.

Are stairlifts suitable for heavier people? Or people with physical disabilities beyond mobility issues?
A range of stairlifts are available for people that can suit most needs. There are various options that include controls mounted on a certain side (if someone has lost use of a limb from a stroke or accident, for example), certain types of seat that make it easier to get on and off, and wider, reinforced, seats for people who are above the usual weight limit on most stairlifts (19 stone).

Can I rent a stairlift rather than buy one?
In short, yes. If you need a stairlift for a limited time only – say when recovering from hip or knee surgery – then renting may be the best option. In that eventuality, we can definitely help… although hire options are, of course, dependent on stock availability at the time.

What should I know before buying a stairlift?
The main takeaway that we want you to have is this: please speak to a professional and get a survey done before you buy anything. If you remember nothing else from this article, remember that. A good mobility company will discuss your options and work with you to find the right solution. You can’t make up that expertise, so please don’t be afraid to get in touch for a free no obligation consultation.

If you’re looking to buy a stairlift but don’t know where to start, please get in touch with us at our contact page or call one of our local stores. We cover Oxfordshire, Warwickshire, Buckinghamshire and Northamptonshire. We’re always happy to explain the market to prospective customers and discuss their needs, and – when they’re ready to proceed, we are ready and waiting to survey your premises and ensure you get the stairlift you need.